Meet the team

Dr Niki Alsford

Dr Niki Alsford is Reader in Asia Pacific Studies at the School of Humanities, Language & Global Studies at UCLan, Director of the International Institute of Korean Studies and Co-director, along with Dr Lara Momesso, for the Northern Institute of Taiwan Studies.

Dr Alsford is a historical anthropologist/ethnohistorian by training and welcomes proposals for doctoral research on Asian Pacific history and society in particular he is interested in supervising a project on the role of the BBC on the Korean Peninsula and research on Pacific nations studies.

Prior to joining UCLan, Professor Alsford was Research Fellow at the Oriental Institute, Czech Academy of Sciences as part of a research project titled: Power and Strategies of Social and Political Order of which his contribution was primarily the continuation of his work on comparative Taiwan social history. A core part of this project explored the formation and development of urban spaces in the Asia Pacific region.

professor Alsford is an appointed Research Associate at the Centre of Taiwan Studies at SOAS, the University of London and a Research Fellow at Ewha Institute of Unification Studies at Ewha Womans University in Seoul, South Korea. He was formally an elected executive board member of the European Association of Taiwan Studies (EATS). He is currently a strand convenor for the Social History Society and is  Co-Editor of the BRILL Series in Taiwan Studies. He has worked on a number of collaborative projects that include the Shung Ye Museum of Formosan Aborigines, the Council of Indigenous Peoples, and the National Museum of Taiwan History.

He is a Fellow of Royal Asiatic Society and Country of Origin Expert (Taiwan) for the International Refugee Rights Initiative (IRRI)

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Dr Lara Momesso

Dr Lara Momesso is a Lecturer in Asia Pacific Studies at the School of Humanities, Language and Global Studies at UCLan and Co-director, along with Prof. Niki Alsford, for the Northern Institute of Taiwan Studies. Her research interests include contemporary migrations across the Asia Pacific region with a particular focus on marriage migration between China and Taiwan, family formation in contemporary Chinese societies, gender in the Asia Pacific region. She also is a specialist on contemporary Chinese and Taiwanese societies.

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Dr Adina Zemanek

Dr Adina Zemanek joined UCLan as Lecturer in Asia Pacific Studies in October 2018. She holds a PhD degree in cultural anthropology. Her current research focuses on nation branding and definitions of Taiwan in contemporary popular culture (graphic narratives, tourist souvenirs).

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Dr Ti-Han Chang

Dr. Ti-han Chang is a lecturer of Asia Pacific studies at University of Central Lancashire. Her research interests cover a wide-range of topics, including postcolonial environmental literature, ecocriticism, environmental and animal ethics, socio-political movements, political identity, political censorship, migrant and aboriginal studies. Many of these research topics are investigated in the specific geo-historical frameworks of Post-War Taiwan. Her doctoral thesis carried out a comparative study of the postcolonial eco-literature of a Taiwanese author, Wu Ming-yi and a South African author, J.M. Coetzee.

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Rowann Fitzpatrick

Rowann Fitzpatrick is the Asian Studies Institute Administrator within the School of Humanities, Language and Global Studies at the University of Central Lancashire. Completing her first-Class Honours Degree in Fine Art in 2018, she joined the team in August.

Prior to UCLan Rowann worked as an Intern within the Institute of Korean Studies (IKSU) assisting with Project Management, and volunteered within the Bradford City Council and the Leeds Youth Service, helping to execute events within their local communities.




Simon Green

Previous histories of the Spanish settlement on Taiwan (1626-1642) have focused on the Spanish experience. The literature, however, contains some of the earliest written accounts of the island's aborigines. I hope to look at the current literature on the Spanish in Northern Formosa and extract details regarding the aborigines. I then hope to advance this research, finding new sources and reinvestigating the old ones to compile as complete a story as possible of aborigine life in Northern Taiwan in the early 1600s.




Dr Ed Griffith

Ed joined UCLan in September 2014 for the rapidly expanding Asia-Pacific Studies. He is continuing to work on research into the Sino-Japanese relationship and different perspectives on East Asian international relations more generally. He holds: a Ph.D. in East Asian Studies from the University of Leeds, an M.A. in Japanese Studies, also from the University of Leeds, another M.A. in Chinese Studies from SOAS and a B.A. (Hons.) in International Relations & Global Politics from Nottingham Trent University, 2007. Ed Griffith’s research interests are mainly focused on the international relations of East Asia, in particular the Sino-Japanese relationship and China’s approach to its own changing role in the region. He is interested in exploring how established IR theories can be adapted to deepen our understanding of China’s behaviour in developing its relationships with neighbouring countries.

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Dr Sojin Lim

Dr Sojin Lim is Senior Lecturer and Course Leader in both MA North Korean Studies and MA Asia Pacific Studies within the School of Humanities, Language and Global Studies, at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan). She also works as Deputy Director of the International Institute of Korean Studies (IKSU), and Chair of the Northern England Policy Centre for the Asia Pacific (NEPCAP). Prior to joining UCLan, Dr Lim worked for aid agencies as senior research fellow with hands-on field experiences. She also worked as external lecturer in universities in Korea. Dr Lim has conducted various projects with international organisations as well. Dr Lim’s research interests lie at development studies, area studies, public policy, and political economy: development experience of South Korea; development assistance to North Korea; transformation of state system; institutional development and public policy in developing countries; global norms and compliance.

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Mark Plaice

Mark Plaice is a Professional Korean Tutor in the School of Humanities, Language and Global Studies at UCLan. He specialises in teaching beginner’s Korean. His research interests include contemporary South Korean popular culture, with a particular focus on Korean gangster films, spatial relations in genre film, and Korean TV drama and streaming media. He is also is a specialist in East Asian cinemas.

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